Posted by: jennclimenhaga | May 14, 2010

The Girl Who Played With Fire

When two journalists and a prominent Swedish Advokat are murdered, Lisbeth Salander is the prime suspect.  The only thing that the police cannot figure out is her motive.  Her only hope comes in the form of  Mikael Blomkvist, who, while Salander is in hiding, must try and recreate Salander’s last moments before he can convince both himself and the Swedish police of her innocence.

Although the plot of this book was interesting, my honest opinion is that it needed major editorial work.  Not only did I feel a lot less compassion for the characters, [compared to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo] I found the pace to be murky and cumbersome.  I also disliked the frequent harsh language, and wonder if it was an issue of translation.  Either way, it did not add to the tone of the book, and frequently I found myself questioning the author’s intent.  This is one book where I’m actually thinking the movie might be better as it would have to cut out much of the unnecessary drudgery.

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